Chapter 11 : Order
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A/N: I'm very sorry this has taken so long. I have moved and gotten everything in order, so the chapter will hopefully be coming more often now. Writers block was in that mix there somewhere too lol.
So without further ado: Chapter 11
Hermione sighed as she sat cross legged on the floor of the Slytherin Common room. Today was another round of Truth or Dare, and she really did not want to be here. She had missed a lot of things in the last two weeks. She had missed her classes, not done any of her homework, and she miss the last TorD meeting. She was going to skip this one also but Pansy literally cornered her and threatened her with some not so nice spells if she did not come today. Quite frankly missing things just wasn't like her, but with her parents gone, she didn't really want to do anything, she guessed you could say that she was suffering from depression.
She shook her head as tears began to fill her eyes as she thought of her parents, sure it had been two weeks since their murders, and she was still having a hard time. She had, had time off from school to go to their funerals, in which both Harry and Ron came with her. Though all she remembered from that day was seeing Draco smile at her before she left, the rest was a total blur.
Draco…she had not seen him since their talk in the Room of Requirement. It wasn't like she had intentionally been avoiding him, but things just had been turning out that way. She was too nervous now around him, she felt to vulnerable around him now. Ever since that night she wasn't sure what had changed but it had, she thought of him different now.
"Hermione truth or dare?" Pansy practically yelled at Hermione.
This startled her and she looked up. "Oh uh…sorry, let's do truth." She said looking around the circle and she could feel her face turning red. There he was, Draco was sitting right across from her and staring straight at her. She had felt his eyes the entire time she had been in the circle, but she had been avoiding his eyes.
"Okay, let's see….Something easy since you have been away for a little bit…You have been spending a lot of time with Draco in the last few meetings, so do you like him?"
Hermione shook her head and sighed. Of course that was the question they had to ask. She wasn't really even sure of her feelings for anyone let alone Draco. She knew she liked him as a friend, and she wished she could say yes, but she didn't want to say it in front of everyone, not like this, she would tell him if she did or didn't like him when they were by theirselves.
"Um I'm going to refuse to answer that. As it is of nobody's business but mine and Draco's whether I do or do not like him. So I guess I get to remove a piece of clothing huh?" She said as she pulled off her Gryffindor hoodie, leaving her in a white tank, jeans, and her converse.
Draco was intrigued by the events that had been transpiring so far in this game. After not seeing her for over a week and a half, there she was looking gorgeous as ever. When Pansy had asked her that question he inwardly groaned. He knew Hermione wasn't going to answer she just would say personal stuff like that. Plus if she liked him he would know it.
Sure enough two seconds after that thought went through his mind, she told the group that it was none of their business, and then preceded to take off her hoodie, which was very odd for her. Normally she would take off a shoe or something and claim it was a piece of clothing.
"Well seems someone has gotten a little attitude." Pansy replied shaking her head. "Anyway it's your turn. Ask someone a question or did you forget how to with you being cooped up in your room the last two weeks?"
Draco wanted to slap that smug look off of Pansy's face right then. Why would she even think that, that would be funny? Seriously!
Hermione just roll her brown eyes and shrugged. "No I didn't." She simply said and leaned down to spin the bottle. As she leaned down Draco had a hard time not staring. She had never been as exposed to him as she was right now. So in stead he stared down at the spinning bottle.
Hermione sighed as she watched the bottle turn on Pansy and she almost wanted to smile. Whichever choice Pansy made, Hermione was going to get back at her.
"Pansy Truth or Dare?"
"Dare of course, I never back down from a challenge."
"Yeah we all know that is true. Anyway I dare you to drink two pints of Butterbeer…"
"Easy," Pansy said as she got up to drink them.
"Hold on miss fast on her feet, I wasn't done. You have to hold going to the bathroom, and every so often if you have to go you have to tell us all. You won't be able to go until the end of the game or you beg me to go." Hermione said with a wicked smile on her face.
Pansy's eyes went a little wide, but she soon recovered and nodded. "Fine, I'll do it." She said as she got up and started to drink.
The night continued for a few more hours this way with the truth coming out and the dares flying. Ad every so often you would hear Pansy say in a small voice that she had to go to the bathroom. Finally just before the game ended Pansy was shaking so badly that she had to beg Hermione to go, and after a few more minuets of ignoring her she finally let her go.
As the game ended, Hermione turned to leave, but was soon caught by a strong hand. "Wait don't go Mione, I want to talk to you." She shivered a tiny bit at the husky voice that stopped her.
Hermione turned and sure enough she looked up into the grey eyes of one Draco Malfoy, and his eyes were so hard not to just want to melt. "I….I just don't really think I can tonight Draco, I'll see you tomorrow though."
"Well seeing as you missed the last two weeks I really don't think you will. You have been avoiding me every time I have even gotten close to you."
"No I haven't your just to slow….." Hermione replied looking down at the ground.
"Yeah okay I'm slow Hermione. What is going on? I mean a lot has happened to you I know, but if something else happened please let me know. I told you I would always be here for you." He said in hushed tones so no one would hear them.
"I know Draco, nothing else is going on, now please just let me go. I'm very tired." She said pulling her arm from his grasp and walked/ran out the door.
The next day Hermione sighed as she walked down to the Great Hall for breakfast today was going to be a busy day for her, as it was her first day back to classes and she had an important meeting tonight, one that she couldn't miss. Ever since the war last year there hadn't been a need for them, but since the new dark wizard appeared there had been a new reason for the Order to band together once more. Tonight was their first night in over 12 months since their last meeting. Now that Dumledore was gone their were new leaders. Professor McGonagall was one, and we all agreed on making Mr. Weasley as the second leader. After all he had done last war and how level headed he was, it was an unanimous vote.
She sighed as she looked up at the Slytherin table and there were the grey eyes she had bee searching for. He looked pretty down and she had a sinking feeling it was because she wouldn't talk to him last night. She couldn't listen, she didn't know what would come out of her mouth. She was so not in control of anything anymore that it was pissing her off. Her moods had been different and her mouth tended to say whatever was on her mind. She hated it.
"Hey Hermione, you ready for tonight?" Ginny asked interrupting her thoughts as she sat down. Hermione looked up and smiled.
"Yeah I guess so. I'm not really looking forward to it, but I want to catch whoever is doing this to everyone..."
"I know, we will get the person who killed your parents, I promise you that."
"I know Ginny."
"Oh there you are Gin, I thought you were going to wait for me." Harry said as he sat down across from Hermione and Ginny.
"Sorry, I saw that Hermione was already gone so I figured I could talk to her a little bit." Ginny said winking at Hermione.
Harry went a little red and nodded. "Ah gotcha." He said shrugging. "How are you today Mione? You haven't been down this early in a while. Are you coming to classes today?"
Hermione nodded and smiled a little. "I figured it was about time. I need to get back to classes, I've missed them and of course I've missed you guys."
"I've missed you too Herm." Ron said sitting down next to Harry and giving her a big smile.
Hermione smiled back and looked down at her food. She could no longer see Draco and she was kind of glad for that. "Well we'll see how I do, hopefully I don't run out of the class crying today." She said giggling a little, but that fear was still in the back of her mind.
Ron shook his head. "Don't worry I'll keep you laughing, just like I always do. I'm always here for you Herm." He said winking at her.
Hermione had heard that for the second time in less than 12 hours now and she wanted to scream. She knew that Ron liked her, he had broken up with Lavender the moment he thought he was going to be able to be friends with Hermione again. She didn't know how Draco felt, and that was the most pressing question. That's all she wanted to know. He acted different around her that was for sure, but she wondered if he truly liked her or just liked kissing her.
"Anyway better get to class guys. Don't want to be late on my first day back." She said smiling as she stood up.
"That's the Hermione we know and love." Ron and Harry said at the exact same time and they both turned to each other after and started to laugh. "Wow…it was like you planned it." Hermione replied as she started to laugh.
It was the first time she had really laughed since her parents murder. She had definitely missed these guys.
A few hours later, after a weird day for Hermione, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Harry said the password to McGonagall's office and walked in. There was the professor with the fireplace dead so they wouldn't get burned. She was holding the floo powder when they walked in. "Hello Professor." Hermione said smiling.
"Hello, ready when you are to go. Everyone else should be there by now." She replied holding the bag out to them. Harry was the first to take the powder and call out Number 12 Grimmauld Place. After the war Harry, Ron and Hermione had went back to fix up the place. It was now where Harry lived when he was not at Hogwarts. He had moved out of the Dursleys right after the war, and he had been living by his self ever since. Ron was next, then Ginny and the Hermione grabbed some and walked into the fireplace calling out the same.
When she arrived she was not expecting to see what she did. Harry and Ron were yelling at someone.
"Whoa guys calm down, what is going on….Draco what are you doing here?" She asked looking quite surprised at the tall blonde standing directly in front of her.
Draco walked into the brown room and looked around. There were many members standing around the table and they all turned to look at him. Some were in a state of shock and kept staring at them with their mouths open others looked furious.
"You must be the new member Malfoy." Mr. Weasley said extending his hand to Draco and Draco took it gratefully.
"Yes sir, I am. I joined the other day, I'm really glad to be here." He replied shaking his hand and then he was introduced to everyone. Most of the Weasley clan, excluding Fred, Charlie was also gone, but that was because he was working and couldn't make it, and a few new members that hadn't been there the first time. A lot of people around Draco's age he was guessing. He didn't get to ask their names before he was being yelled at.
"Oy, Malfoy what are you doing here?"
"Calm down Potter, I'm here for the order."
"Oh hell no, who even told you about it?" Ron yelled as he got out and heard what was going on.
"Oh so you two now huh? I thought we had an understanding Weasel." Draco replied as a third person came through the fire. The red head was the girl Weasley, and she went straight to her mom and brothers who were all watching. Then the fire roared again and fourth person came out. This one though he was happy to see. Until she said what she did.
Draco shook his head.. "You asked me to join remember?"
"Well yeah, but I wasn't sure you did, or whether you would…" She replied shaking her head.
That hurt Draco a little of course, he told her he would always be there for her. How could she think so little of him?
"You asked him to join Hermione? How could you? " Harry said turning on her.
Hermione shook her head. "Harry he's changed. He's my friend, I wanted all my friends to help me take down the bastard who killed my parents, and everyone else. Don't take your anger out on me. I did it with everyone's best interest at heart. We need as many members as we can since half of our numbers are gone now." She yelled at her friend.
Draco was a little touch after all she said, but he was a little disappointed after she played down their relationship. They weren't friends, but they weren't together either. In fact he wasn't really sure what they were. It was complicated.
"I couldn't have said it any better myself Miss Granger." Professor McGonagall said as she came through the fire.
A/N: So there it was Chapter 11. I started writing this chapter about 5 times, and have finally finished it. I really hope you all liked it, and I promise I will finish this story soon. I'm not giving up on this one, so I hope you all bare with me.
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